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These boys are willing and eager,
and with the ship's backing should go
Formerly, shark hide, or " shagreen,"
was used mainly as an abrasive, similar
to sandpaper. Recently, however,
a process of tanning was discovered
which effectively and economically removes
the denticles of the skin and
thus converts the hide into a beautiful
leather of superior toughness and
duribility which is called " galuchat."
It has been announced that a building
may be built at the United States
Naval Academy which will be used as
a museum. A bill has been introduced
by Senator Walsh which provides that
the Government will witness no expense
on the construction, the entire
cost to be assumed from gifts. The
U. S. Naval Institute and the Navy
Athletic Association together with individuals,
will donate money and gifts
for the structure. The museum will
be erected in the interest of professional,
scientific and literary learning
of the Navy. It will be built to allow
for expansion should the need develop.
The Institute has announced that it
is willing to donate $ 50,000 and the
Athletic Association says it will donate
$ 150,000 toward the project.
as navigators today
know it, was
the first part of
the name being
abbreviated from the word Deducted
which is the method used in calculating
the answer to the ship's position.
However an unscholarly British shipmaster
thought it was mis- spelled for
" Dead" and added the ' a' and Dead
Reckoning it has been called ever
The 10,000 ton cruiser WICHITA,
last of eighteen vessels of its class to
be built under terms of the London
Treaty, slid gracefully into the Delaware
River at the Philadelphia Navy
Yard on 16 November 1937. It is named
after the city of Wichita, Kansas.
A traveler was questioning Rastus
about his home town.
" How many p e 0 pIe live in this
town?" he inquired.
The HOUSTON team started practice
in Mare Island and have continued
practicing down here since our return
to Long Beach area. The team has gotten
into fine shape and has beaten
most of the battleship teams in practice
games during the past couple of
SOMETHING TO PUZZLE OVER
At forward Phillips, high scoring
" s" man has been outstanding and has
gotten able assistance from Bailey
and Chmura. At center Hagerstrom
has been giving a good exhibition of
how the game is played at that position
with Jones a close second. But
Adams at guard suffered an injury ten
days ago but will be back to start the
competition. Hattemer, Faulkner and
Clements have been a close trio of
hard working guards.
The competition is so arranged that
all the heavy cruisers plus a few auxiliary
ships have been arranged into
two groups and the four winning
teams in each Of the groups will play
a round robin play- off in February to
determine the ultimate winner. The
HOUSTON has a fine team and here
is your chance to see some good basketball
games. The schedule will be
printed on the morning orders so the
information as to when and where will
be well disseminated.
" About four thousand people. It's
been that way for forty years."
" You mean to tell me that there
were four thousand people here forty
years ago, and only forty thousand
are here now! Haven't any people moved
in; ~ ny babies been born?"
" Yes, sir - babies were born, but
ev~ ry tIme a baby is born, somebody
It would have been exactly at midnight
that he met the holdup man. It
was unbelievable that anyone would
ask th3 time with whistles blowing
and bells ringing to herald the arrival
of the New Year, or that anyone would
take a watch from their pocket if the
question were asked.
Harris, 160 lb.
Hill, 175 lb.
Adams, 185 lb.
Cardinelle, 118 lb.
Hodge, 135 lb.
Aligo, 147 lb.
will not interfere with the three meets
we still have to wrestle in our group.
It looks as though we may have a few
group champions from our squad, so
let's show the wrestlers that they are
Boxing The boxing squad is about
and ready to perform for the
HOUSTON once more. The boys have
been carrying the HOUSTON robes
through some very fine amateur
matches at Burbank and Wilmington.
The present lineup is:
Raceboat Off to a new start in the
year and off to a new start
in sports! At least, that is what we
hope to do on the HOUSTON beginning
3 January. One place where a
start is most important is in a whaleboat
race, and the call is now out for
all those desiring to take part in the
selected race which will be held sometime
in February. Anyone ( first enlistment,
third enlistment, or Marine)
is eligible to compete or to coxswain
and with the experienced men who
have been rowing for two whole seasons
it is expected now to produce the
best HOUSTON crew ever put on the
water. New men are enthusiastically
urged to compete for a place in the
boat, because the final crew is not selected
lmtil a week before the race.
Added incentives may be found in
earlier work- outs in the afternoon, an
occasional row on Saturday mornings
when we have been operating at San
Clemente all week, and more exercise
on the beach as convenient. Two footballs
have been purchesed for the latter
purpose and they are to be used
exclusively by the crew squad ashore.
Let's get started early on this and
show the CHICAGO that they aren't
the only ones to take advantage of
being behind two breakwaters!
Basketball The Heavy Cruiser bas-ketball
Monday 3 January and continues
during the following two weeks.